1 A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.
1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
1 A good reputation is more desirable than great wealth, and favorable acceptance more than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together. LORD is the maker of them all.
2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
2 The rich and the poor have this in common the LORD created both of them.
3 A prudent man sees the evil, and hides himself, but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
3 The prudent person sees trouble ahead and hides, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.
4 The reward of humility [and] the fear of LORD [is] riches and honor and life.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
4 The reward of humility is the fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life.
5 Thorns [and] snares are in the way of a perverse man. He who keeps his soul shall be far from them.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
5 Thorns and snares lie in the path of the perverse person, but whoever is cautious stays far away from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
6 Train a child in the way appropriate for him, and when he becomes older, he will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
7 The wealthy rule over the poor, and anyone who borrows is a slave to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity shall reap calamity, and the rod of his wrath shall fail.
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
8 Whoever sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the anger he uses for a weapon will be destroyed.
9 He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
9 Whoever is generous will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out, yea, strife and reproach will cease.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
10 Throw out the mocker and strife departs, too; furthermore, quarrels and discord will end.
11 He who loves pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips, the king will be his friend.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
11 Whoever loves purity and gracious speech will gain the king as his friend.
12 The eyes of LORD preserve knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
12 The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge,but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.
12 The LORD watches over anyone with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, There is a lion outside. I shall be slain in the streets.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
13 The lazy person says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the street!"
14 The mouth of interloping women is a deep pit. He who is abhorred of LORD shall fall in it.
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; a man experiencing the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
15 A child's heart has a tendency to do wrong, but the rod of discipline removes it far away from him.
16 He who oppresses a poor man to his increase, [and] he who gives to a rich man, [comes] only to want.
16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
16 Whoever oppresses the poor to enrich himself and whoever gives gifts to the wealthy will yield only loss.
17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart to my knowledge.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
17 Pay attention and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my teaching,
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, if they be established together upon thy lips.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
18 for it is pleasant when you treasure them within you and have them ready on your lips.
19 That thy trust may be in LORD, I have made [them] known to thee this day, even to thee.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
19 I have instructed you today—even you—so that your confidence may be in the Lord.
19 As a result, your trust will be in the LORD, that's why I'm teaching you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge,
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
20 Have I not written for you 30 sayings containing counsel and knowledge,
21 to make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, that thou may carry back words of truth to those who send thee?
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
21 to teach you true and reliable advice, so you can give truthful answers to those who sent you?
22 Do not rob a poor man, because he is poor, nor oppress an afflicted man in the gate.
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
22 Don't rob the poor person because he is poor, and don't crush the helpless in court,
23 For LORD will plead their cause, and despoil of life those who despoil them.
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
23 for the LORD will plead their case and ruin the lives of those who ruin them.
24 Make no friendship with a man who is given to anger, and thou shall not go with a wrathful man,
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
24 Don't make friends with a hot-tempered man, and do not associate with someone who is easily angered,
25 lest thou learn this ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
25 or you may learn his ways and find yourself caught in a trap.
26 Be thou not one of those who strike hands, [or] of those who are sureties for debts.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
26 Don't be one of those who make promises to guarantee loans for debts.
27 If thou have not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
27 If you don't have the ability to pay, why should your very bed be taken from under you?
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
28 Don't remove an ancient boundary stone that was set up by your ancestors.
29 See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.
29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will work for kings, not unimportant people.
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